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Recycling & Waste Management News

Govt announces paper, packaging recycling plan 

By: Natalie Greve     26th October 2015 South Africa is soon to introduce a Paper and Packaging Industry Plan that will require separation-at-source from a household level, bringing about a significant change in the current waste management regime, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has announced. “This will not only minimise... 

Afrox partners with biogas producer to bolster CO2 supply to W Cape

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2015 South African industrial gas major Afrox is partnering with a start-up biogas company to produce high-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane for distribution to industries in the Western Cape, which have experienced long-standing shortages of CO2. “Initially, we expect to off-take between 18 t... 

Afrox partners with biogas producer to bolster CO2 supply to W Cape
NAZMI ADAMS Afrox is exploring alternative energy and gas options, which will enable the production of natural gas that can be compressed into CNG or, if the source is significant, liquefied to LNG

Effluent reuse demo plant tested at KZN works

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th October 2015 Engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba will – in addition to managing the refurbishment of the Darvill wastewater treatment works, in KwaZulu-Natal – also install a demonstration final effluent reuse plant on site to showcase the efficiency of effluent... 

Effluent reuse demo plant tested at KZN works
FLAGSHIP DESIGN The Darvill wastewater treatment works upgrade will include a significant capacity increase, from approximately 55 Mℓ/d to 120 Mℓ/d

TFR embarks on PCB phase-out plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th September 2015 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has embarked on a process to eliminate the use of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oils and PCB-contaminated materials and equipment used as insulation in electrical equipment. A yellowish viscous liquid with distinct odour, PCBs held remarkable thermal... 

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining 

By: RDM News Wire      24th September 2015 Communities in Sekhukhune, in Limpopo, were not only being stripped of their dignity‚ but of their heritage too thanks to mining‚ said Trevor Malope‚ a Bench Marks Foundation’s community monitor. “Our land is an incredibly important part of our culture and integral to our lives‚ but mining has... 

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining
Photo by Anglo-American
Anglo-American’s Twickenham mine, Limpopo.

Barloworld Logistics rebrands waste management division

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th September 2015 Supply chain services company Barloworld Logistics has relaunched its environmental solutions brand re- as the SmartMatta company, which is aimed at assisting companies in reducing waste sent to landfill, as well as lowering resource consumption and harmful emissions. Speaking at the launch on... 

Barloworld Logistics rebrands waste management division

Biobulk facility set for commissioning in March 2016

18th September 2015 Water treatment solutions company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate South Africa’s first Biobulk Waste Water Treatment facility, which will be ready for commissioning in March 2016. 

Less Food, More Nutrition

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2015 Green Cell Technologies founder and CEO Roy Henderson talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about his days as a South African naval officer, which he says set him up to help develop his start-up Green Cell Technologies’ Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD) technology aimed at improving global... 

Less Food, More Nutrition

DEA starts consultations for e-waste strategy 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2015 The rapid rise of electronic and electrical technology – and the shortening lifecycles of the products – is leaving a mass of dangerous and harmful electronic waste (e-waste) in its wake. In light of this, it was becoming increasingly urgent for South Africa to formulate policy proposals and... 

DEA starts consultations for e-waste strategy
Photo by Duane Daws
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Italian crushing company looks to increase African footprint

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Italian crusher and screening company MB Crusher is looking to expand into the South Africa and African market through an exclusive distributor agreement with a local distributor – Randfontein-based Renlyn Engineering, which is the sole Southern African distributor. 

Italian crushing  company looks to  increase African footprint
BF90.3 MB Crusher’s BF90.3 easily attaches to excavators for fast crushing of a variety of materials

Telescopic handler and heavy-duty vacuum trucks to be launched

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 The launch of a new telescopic handler and three industrial heavy-duty vacuums will be the highlight of equipment group of companies Goscor Group’s stand at the construction and mining trade fair BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015 and IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa, respectively. 

Telescopic handler  and heavy-duty vacuum trucks to be launched
BOBCAT TELE ROTOR The largest Bobcat Tele Rotor yet will be launched at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015

Enzymatic cleaning gains traction as ecofriendly tech

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th August 2015 Cleaning solutions company Green Worx senior marketing, technical and sales manager Clinton Smith says enzymatic cleaning, or cleaning in place (CIP), is increasingly being used in the industry, as more companies focus on green and ecofriendly cleaning technology.  

Enzymatic cleaning gains traction as ecofriendly tech
CLINTON SMITH Most industries have production waste and when they use chemicals, it presents a threat to nature

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

By: Dylan Slater     14th August 2015 Harvesting rainwater can enable industrial companies with sufficient roof space to dramatically reduce their use of potable water for nonpotable applications, easing the strain on municipalities that have to provide ever-increasing volumes of potable water, says specialist precast concrete... 

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

New seal system cuts water use

7th August 2015 International packaging and paper group Mondi is replacing the quench-to-drain flushing and lubricating systems of the mechanical seals at its Richards Bay mill with a continuous loop water management design supplied by mechanical seals and support system company Aesseal. 

New seal system  cuts water use
NEW SYSTEM Pump and mechanical seals at Mondi Richards Bay, fitted with Aesseal continuous loop flushing and lubricating system

Quality expansion joints essential for efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The quality of materials used in fabric expansion joints cannot be compromised as they perform a critical role in the combustion process, says expansion joints manufacturer Flextra Engineered Products. 

Quality expansion joints  essential for efficiency
DUVHA RETROFIT Flextra is retrofitting fabric expansion joints at Eskom’s Duvha power station on all its vertical-duct expansion joints

First-of-its-kind cogen plant fully commissioned

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The R175-million Eternity Project, an initiative that uses waste heat from mining processes, has reached full commissioning at platinum group metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg-based Waterval smelter. 

First-of-its-kind cogen plant  fully commissioned
ETERNITY PROJECT The Eternity Project is the world’s first cogeneration power plant that uses an organic rankine cycle

Microbiological cleaning suitable for use in rural and urban sanitation

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2015 Bacteria of the Bacillus subtilis species secrete four enzymes that break down organic material to enable the bacteria to digest it, and microbiological cleaning company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions uses their natural functions to clean organic waste in sanitation systems. The protease, lipase,... 

Microbiological cleaning suitable for use in rural and urban sanitation
SANITATION PRODUCTS GreenWorx sells its biological sanitation products for use in urban systems

Polyco calls on recyclers to apply for loans in final 2015 funding cycle

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th July 2015 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco is preparing to kick off its final project funding cycle for 2015, which would see the two-year-old company invest another R9-million in projects to grow the recycling volumes of polyolefin packaging products in South Africa. The company’s third 2015... 

Waste management pricing, incentives require debate, says law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 The possible effects of government’s National Pricing Strategy for Waste Management on South African business should be publicly debated, as it could impact on companies’ business management, including smaller companies that might not be able to adjust their businesses to combat the strategy’s... 

Waste management pricing, incentives require debate, says law firm
Photo by Bloomberg
SPARKING CHANGE The proposed waste management amendments aim to bring about a change in the industry's behaviour to recycle, reuse or recover waste

Waste classification, management regulations slowly being implemented

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 While amendments to the National Environmental Waste Management Act include the Waste Classification and Management Regulations (WCMR), environmental consultancy GreenGain Consulting believes that various companies have not yet amended their management procedures to ensure that WCMR obligations... 

Waste classification,  management regulations slowly being implemented
Photo by Bloomberg
REGULATORY SPECIFICATIONS The Waste Classification and Management Regulations stipulate management obligations for waste classification, storage, transportation and disposal

Waste management specialist commissions refuse-derived fuels facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 Local waste management and environmental services provider Interwaste is in the process of commissioning of a refuse-derived fuels (RDF) facility at its operational hub based in Germiston, Gauteng. Final commissioning will take place in the third quarter of this year. “The facility puts general... 

Waste management  specialist commissions  refuse-derived fuels facility
VIABLE TECHNOLOGY The refuse-derived fuels facility shreds general industrial and municipal waste to particle sizes of less than 20 mm to be used as an alternative energy source

Waste management plan meets targets, focuses on secondary resources

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan is “excelling beyond expectations”, having already met the Department of Environmental Affairs’ waste tyre diversion target of 50% for the year, states Redisa director... 

Waste management plan meets targets, focuses on secondary resources
AIMING HIGH Redisa aims to exceed its target of creating 2 521 jobs this year, as 91% of that target was reached by the end of May

Polyolefin recycling goal aims to achieve industry waste management plan target

10th July 2015 The South African Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) has set a goal of growing polyolefin recycling in South Africa by 300 000 t over the next five years to achieve the Industry Waste Management Plan target for plastic of 35%, or 238 000 t, by 2020. “Although an ambitious target, we believe it... 

Polyolefin recycling goal aims to achieve industry waste management plan target
SET TARGETS Since 2013 Polyco has funded projects worth R17-million in the recycling value chain, which will unlock new volumes of 48 000 t over the next three years

More than 65 waste sites set up nationally

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 Since the local launch of its GreenSolution – an innovative waste management solution – in April/May 2014, specific commercial and industrial solutions specialist Pandae has established more than 65 waste management sites at automotive and logistics companies across South Africa. “Pandae aims to... 

More than 65 waste sites set up nationally
MANAGEMENT COMPLIANCE Pandae’s GreenSolution assists companies in complying with the new waste disposal laws and government regulations

Court order for handover of steel plant enviro master plan lauded

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2015 The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil society to environmental... 

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2015 The rejection of a still-workable mine water and slimes dam plan at the stricken Grootvlei gold mine on Gauteng’s East Rand deprived 7 000 squatter camp dwellers of employment and set the mine on its downward trajectory, which has arguably ended up as the harshest aspect of the Aurora liquidation... 

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson
Veteran research commentator Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson tells Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer how the acid mine drainage curse could have been turned into 7 000 jobs at the abandoned Grootvlei gold mine in Springs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

SCA judgment sets precedent for public access to enviro information

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2015 The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil society to environmental... 

SCA judgment sets precedent for public access to enviro information

Local manufacturing needs to instil resource efficiency

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 South Africa’s manufacturing processes still need to be developed – especially in terms of resource efficiency – as the industry is still growing, says resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) director Ndibhuho Raphulu.... 

Local manufacturing needs to instil resource efficiency
EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa will be exhibiting at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba

B2B programme geared to empower municipalities

By: Dylan Slater     12th June 2015 The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways. 

B2B programme geared to empower municipalities
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements

Firm economic grounding key to developing sustainable SMMEs

By: Schalk Burger     12th June 2015 Development of sustainable and viable small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) requires highly detailed information of an industry and other parts of the economy relevant to the industry, says circular economy organisation Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa... 

Firm economic grounding key  to developing sustainable SMMEs
STACEY DAVIDSON It is critical that new industries are formed to enable small businesses and income-earning opportunities to be created

Glass manufacturer reduces waste using recovery, reclamation process

By: Bruce Montiea     5th June 2015 Float and patterned-glass manufacturer PFG currently generates about 30% less waste for every 1 000 t that it melts, compared with the waste it generated seven years ago, owing to the manufacturer’s glass recovery and reclamation facility, says PFG sales director Bob van Schelt. The facility, in... 

Glass manufacturer reduces waste using recovery, reclamation process
COST, ENERGY SAVING It is more efficient to melt broken glass than the raw sand needed to create raw material mix when manufacturing glass

Medupi, Kusile boilers a large-scale milestone

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 The sheer size of the boilers being installed at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations might not be repeated in Africa again, owing to future build prospects indicating a requirement for smaller boilers, says power systems company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems... 

Medupi, Kusile boilers a large-scale milestone
MILESTONE POWER STATION Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa predicts future power station build prospects being smaller in comparison to Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations

CSIR outlines biotechnology commercialisation ambitions

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th June 2015 Ecofriendly biotechnology company OptimusBio, created under the auspices of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is expected to manufacture biotechnology products for commercial use in wastewater treatment, aquaculture and agriculture in the next two years. The company, led... 

Bucket system in Gauteng eliminated, says govt

By: Natalie Greve     2nd June 2015 The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) says it has “completely eliminated” the bucket sanitation system in Gauteng after removing the last of the systems from the Ratanda Township, near Heidelberg. Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC... 

Bucket system in Gauteng eliminated, says govt

Recycling key to meeting goal of zero plastics to landfill by 2030

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd May 2015 Industry body Plastics South Africa (SA) believes that its sustainability objective, dubbed ‘Zero Plastics to Landfill by 2030’, which was launched in February last year, is both realistic and achievable. The organisation says the goal, which will be pursued in phases, will rely heavily on... 

Recycling key to meeting goal of zero plastics to landfill by 2030

Red tape hampering safe medical waste disposal 

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 The lack of medical waste disposal facilities in South Africa is placing pressure on existing facilities, which are unable to cope with increasing demand, resulting in a significant amount of medical waste being dumped illegally, says South African incinerator and cremator design and... 

Red tape hampering safe medical waste disposal
MEDICAL WASTE INCINERATOR Stricter emission law make it increasingly more difficult for individuals to receive permits to operate a medical waste incineration facility

Waste has economic value – Minister 

By: SANews, SA government news service     15th May 2015 Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, says government is waging a war on waste and prioritising contributing to the development and growth of the recycling economy. “The waste sector is currently valued at about R50-billion a year. Waste has value – both a social and an economic value. 

Waste has economic value – Minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

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